Minister Patterson’s brother nabbed with 2.3kg cocaine

first_imgDerrick Patterson, the younger brother of Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, has been arrested by Grenadian Police and arraigned in court on charges of cocaine trafficking.Derrick Patterson at court on Monday (Photo by The New Today)According to reports from The New Today, a Grenadian news agency, Patterson was remanded to Grenada’s Richmond Hill Her Majesty’s Prison after appearing in court before Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill at the St George’s Number One Magistrate’s Court on Monday.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonIt is understood that Patterson was charged with trafficking a controlled drug; a total of 2.325kg of cocaine, with an approximate street value of $232,500, that was found in his possession on May 2.According to reports Patterson, who resides in Captain Harris Apartments in Grand Anse, was driving a vehicle in the vicinity of Springs, St George’s when officers from the drug squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) intercepted his vehicle.A search was carried out and the drugs were found in a plastic bag. Patterson, who was represented by Attorney Darshan Ramdhanny, was scheduled to reappear in court on Tuesday.When contacted, head of Guyana’s National Anti-Narcotics Agency (NANA), retired Major General Michael Atherly confirmed that the agency was made aware of the bust and is in contact with authorities from the island. Calls to Minister Patterson went unanswered.last_img read more

Spurs keen to improve Wembley form against Burnley

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspurs have lost eight of their last 11 matches at Wembley, their home for the season as White Hart Lane is rebuilt and expanded © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 26 – Tottenham are still getting used to calling Wembley home, but need a sharp improvement as Burnley prepare to visit in the Premier League on Sunday.Mauricio Pochettino’s side struggled at England’s national stadium when playing European home fixtures there last season, and have so far fared no better in the Premier League. Chelsea’s 2-1 victory last Sunday means that Spurs have lost eight of their last 11 matches at Wembley, their home for the season as White Hart Lane is rebuilt and expanded.Even though the performance was good in that match, that defeat was a setback for Tottenham, who had looked comfortable in winning 2-0 at Newcastle on the opening weekend of the season.They will certainly be wary of a Burnley side who beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their opening Premier League match, although they went on to lose 1-0 at home to West Brom last weekend.Manager Mauricio Pochettino said: “I think we know each other very well and they were good against Chelsea but struggled against West Brom.“One thing is sure they will be motivated to play at Wembley against us. For us it is important to play well. It will be tough.”Tottenham made their first signings of the summer by paying Ajax a club-record £42million to sign Davinson Sanchez, the Colombian defender, and back-up goalkeeper Paula Gazzaniga has arrived from Southampton.Sanchez is awaiting clearance to play Burnley but Pochettino believes he will prove a fine addition.“The important thing is that he is so young, at 21 years old,” said Pochettino.“He is one of the most important and talented young players in Europe. He is so fast. We are so pleased to sign him and have him with us.”Pochettino has indicated that more signings are needed before the transfer window closes next Thursday, in order to to ensure the club are ready for the twin demands of Premier League and Champions League football this season.He added: “We need to sign a few more players, and a few players need to leave the club.“They need to feel they can play more, and they want to play more. That is a normal period in every club.”Tottenham remain without Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (foot), Danny Rose (knee) and Erik Lamela (hip), even though all three are progressing in their recovery from injury.Burnley have only played at Wembley five times in their entire history, the most recent of which was the 2009 Championship play-off final, when they beat Sheffield United to end a 33-year exile from the top division.Two relegations and two promotions have followed since, but last season’s survival has given manager Sean Dyche the chance to build a solid base in the Premier League.The club broke their transfer record on Monday to sign New Zealand striker Chris Wood from Leeds for £15million, and he made his debut as a substitute on Wednesday as Burnley won 2-0 at local League One rivals Blackburn in the EFL Cup.That match was a fraught affair, with midfielder Ashley Westwood forced to tackle a fan who ran on to the pitch and shoved team-mate James Tarkowski, while a nine-year-old fan was injured by a flare. Police have charged four supporters over the trouble.Dyche, for his part, is glad to be able to concentrate on the football once more.“I’ve spoken before about players growing into the Premier League, and our win at Stamford Bridge was part of that,” he said. “Away from home, it’s a different challenge. You add to that feel of going to a game and building a performance level. That’s one of the key things.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Put your differences aside and support the team,’ Coloccini issues plea to Newcastle fans

first_img1 Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini has begged the club’s fans to put their anger to one side and cheer the Magpies to a crucial Premier League victory against West Brom on Saturday.Coloccini has issued an open letter to the Toon army in the wake of another dismal week on Tyneside which saw coach John Carver survive crisis talks.Carver, who accused defender Mike Williamson of deliberately getting sent off in the Magpies’ eighth consecutive league defeat at Leicester, did not merit a single mention in Coloccini’s extensive plea.The Argentine defender apologised for the club’s recent plight and insisted: “Players and staff have come together in order to leave all past problems aside and to focus 100 per cent on the three ‘cup finals’ that we have left.“I would like to make a call to all fans today to also leave aside all differences, all different opinions, anything that divides us as people who love this club.“On Saturday, please come to St James’ Park, create a great atmosphere, support the team more than ever, because at the end of the day what matters the most here is Newcastle United Football Club.“I am also a fan and I understand how badly you are hurting, but I think that the best fans are those who are there for their club in the worst of situations.“Today we need you more than ever. In these three games we need to be together, we need to be united, to be a family – a family that fights together against adversity, a family that strives to achieve the success that you and this club deserve.”Saturday’s 3-0 humiliation at Leicester left the Magpies 15th place in the table, but just two points clear of the drop zone.Thousands of fans have boycotted the last two games in protest of Mike Ashley’s owndership of the club – but they know only victory will ease their relegation fears in Saturday’s St James’ Park clash.Given that they have only scored four goals and conceded 18 in the last eight games, that looks a remote prospect unless something changes radically in the Newcastle dressing room.And captain Coloccini is clearly hoping his open letter will do the trick.Read Coloccini’s open letter to Newcastle fans in full below:I don’t usually speak publicly too often, but today I feel the responsibility to talk to all of you for several reasons in which you are involved, every bit as much as we are as players, staff, directors and every person that works for the Club.Firstly, on behalf of the squad we would like to apologise for the moment we are going through. Needless to say this is not anything intentional.Neither players nor staff would like to be in the position that we are in at the moment. This is something that has happened for many reasons and right now there is no time to look back and correct those mistakes.The time we have left to turn around this situation is short but after the end of the season we will try to learn from the mistakes we made so that we don’t have to go through this again.This is as painful for us as it is for you, because when this team comes onto the pitch we do so with the intention of winning and to defend not just the colours of this Club, not just our shirt, but also to represent thousands of fans, the whole city.We do so understanding that a victory at the weekend means a week of joy for this city that breathes, lives and loves football like no other city in England.Today we are in a delicate situation, one that we have been through before, and it is one of the most uncomfortable situations in the world of football.Uncomfortable because this Club doesn’t deserve to be in this position, a position that puts its status at risk. And this is what I want to highlight; this is the most important reason for my letter.Players and staff have come together in order to leave all past problems aside and to focus 100 per cent on the three ‘cup finals’ that we have left.I would like to make a call to all fans today to also leave aside all differences, all different opinions, anything that divides us as people who love this Club.On Saturday, please come to St. James’ Park, create a great atmosphere, support the team more than ever, because at the end of the day what matters the most here is Newcastle United Football Club.Years will pass and so will players, directors, coaches and managers, but what is always going to be there is yourselves, your children, your grandchildren.I am also a fan and I understand how badly you are hurting, but I think that the best fans are those who are there for their Club in the worst of situations.Today we need you more than ever. In these three games we need to be together, we need to be united, to be a family – a family that fights together against adversity, a family that strives to achieve the success that you and this Club deserve.The players are committed to this and if you stay with us, if you join us, we are going to fight together for our black and white family.Thank you from my heart,Your captainFabricio Coloccinilast_img read more

Liverpool in £75m move for Monaco sensation, Leeds striker Wood a wanted man…

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Monaco have rejected a huge €75million (£65m)  bid from Liverpool bid for 18-year-old strike sensation Kylian Mbappe, with the French champions holding out for €100m (£85m). (Marca)Liverpool are confident they will strike a deal for Fulham’s highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon. Jürgen Klopp is looking to bring in five new signings and also wants Timo Werner and Naby Keita from Red Bull Leipzig and Andrew Robertson from Hull City. (Independent)Chelsea will step up their efforts to sign Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko next week with the midfielder expected to cost more than €50m (£42m). (Daily Telegraph)Chelsea have told Eden Hazard they will make him the focal point of the team for years to come if he signs a new contract. The hierarchy, who have also met with the agent of keeper Thibaut Courtois, are determined to agree an extension with Hazard this summer. (London Evening Standard)Manchester United are considering Benfica’s goalkeeper Ederson as a possible replacement for David de Gea if he leaves in the summer. (Manchester Evening News)West Ham are considering a £20m bid for Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho. Boss Slaven Bilic has been short of options up front in a difficult season, with Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho frequently injured. (Daily Mail)Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce is eyeing a double raid for Manchester City’s out-of contract full-backs Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy. (The Sun)Jermain Defoe is seeking to capitalise on his free transfer status by demanding £100,000-a-week and a signing-on fee of around £6million to leave Sunderland. West Ham and Bournemouth lead the chase for the 34-year-old, who is set to leave the Stadium of Light this summer as a result of a relegation release clause in his contract allowing him to depart for nothing. (Daily Mirror)Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson will not be sold this summer. The 24-year-old has been linked with Chelsea and Liverpool in recent months after winning his first England call-up in March. But Boro owner Steve Gibson is determined to keep his nephew at the club and wants him to lead their promotion charge next season. (Daily Mail)Leeds United striker Chris Wood is a £20m target for a pack of Premier League clubs. West Ham, Southampton, Swansea and Stoke are all interested in snapping up the New Zealand international in the summer. (The Sun)Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina is on Arsenal’s watch-list – at £20million. The powerful Gabon star, 23, has been compared to Manchester United‘s world-record buy Paul Pogba. (The Sun)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Tony Cottee believes a move away from Everton could be the best thing for Ross Barkley’s careerCraig Shakespeare deserves to be handed the Leicester City job full-time, according to former Foxes star Tony CotteeJose Mourinho has changed from a charismatic guy to ‘very dour’ since taking charge of Manchester UnitedChelsea have checked in with Genoa over the availability of midfielder Diego LaxaltWest Brom have joined Tottenham in the race for River Plate hotshot Lucas Alario, according to reports in his native ArgentinaInter Milan are ready to battle Arsenal, Juventus and Napoli for Lyon star Corentin Tolissonter Milan are hopeful of beating Manchester City and Manchester United to the signing of Real Madrid defender Pepelast_img read more

Man claims yellow lines painted outside his home

first_imgA man is challenging a parking offence after a court heard that yellow parking lines had been painted – outside his house!Paul Tully of Mullinagung, Lifford is charged with parking on double yellow lines at Main Street in Lifford on January 16th last. Solicitor Donagh Cleary said he is looking into the law on the matter and asked for time to consider the charge.The case was adjourned until February.Man claims yellow lines painted outside his home was last modified: December 12th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLiffordPaul Tullyyellow lineslast_img read more

GAA NEWS: MALIN EARN CRUCIAL VICTORY OVER GAOTH DOBHAIR

first_imgMalin GAA NotesMENS FOOTBALLOur seniors produced a superb fight back to defeat Gweedore in the All County League on Sunday in a wet and windy Connolly Park. Early in the second half we trailed by 4 points but 2 Brendan Mc Laughlin (F) goals turned the game and we held out for a comfortable 2-9 to 0-11 win over a Gweedore side which featured 3 current Donegal members and a host of county minor players.The win lifts us to 5th place in the league on 15 points with just 3 games left to play.Our reserves were beaten 3-7 to 0-5 by a more experienced and physically stronger Gweedore outfitUNDERAGE GIRLS Best wishes to our Under 16s who take on Red Hughs in Connolly Park on Tuesday evening. Throw in at 6-00. All support welcome.UNDERAGE BOYSIn the curtain raiser to the Gweedore games on Sunday, our under 10 and 12s took on the Castletown club from Co Meath.Over the 40 mins both sides produced some excellent football in the testing conditions.We would like to extend our appreciation to the Castletown mentors and players for making the long journey and especially to Michael Doherty (Owen) who helped organise the trip. FUNDRAISING DANCEMalin Hotel is the place to be on Saturday night when the club host a charity dance in memory of the late Bernie Collins in the Malin Hotel.Tickets are available from any club member or you can pay at the door.The money raised will be split between the oncology unit in Letterkenny & St. Luke’s hospital Dublin as the family want to acknowledge these invaluable services. Why not come along for a ‘jive & a catch up’ and support these two very worthy causes.CLUB SHOPThe Malin GAA club shop will be open in the clubhouse on Saturdays from 12-2 and on Sundays from 11-15 to 2-00.There are a large selection of club merchandise in stock, which can be purchased on the day. A list of other club gear, hoodies, rain jackets, shorts, socks, hats, scarves, kit bags etc are also available to order.The Malin half zipped training tops sponsored by Mark Monagle of 4Mark Construction are also available to order and are proving very popular.Club vouchers are now also available and would make an ideal birthday present, or for any occasion. For more details, contact Susan on 07493 70638.LOTTOThere was no winner of this week’s lotto jackpot of €1200, sequence drawn was 3-4-5-6-1-2-7. €50 winner was Patrick Doherty, Umgall. Winner of the 20 euro sellers prize was Umgall Bar.Next weeks jackpot is €1250 and as always we would like to thank the local community for their continued support of our weekly lotto draw.Envelopes are just €2 or 3 for €5 euro and are available in most pubs and shops in the area or alternatively from our band of young eager sellers.CLUB NOTESAny items for the notes should be forwarded to Martin on 086 1585880 or Christina on 086 1980399 or alternatively send an email to the club email address pro.malin.donegal@gaa.ie at no later than 9 o clock on the Sunday evening.CLUB NEWSYou can now stay up to date with all the latest happenings within the club by checking our facebook page www.facebook.com malingaa, by following us on twitter @malainnclg, or by sending a text to the club texting service 0868668531 to avail of club fixtures.If anyone has any club related information which they would like posted onto our facebook or twitter accounts, feel free to send a private message to the relevant accounts.GAA NEWS: MALIN EARN CRUCIAL VICTORY OVER GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: August 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAMalinNoticesSportlast_img read more

Letterkenny Athletic Club: Fionnuala Diver wins first prize in women’s 10K

first_imgRunners in Sunday’s Riverine 10K, in Lifford/Strabane, had to contend with tough weather conditions, including a strong wind. However, Pauric Breslin made light of the weather. He had focused his recent training specifically on 10K and his dedication paid off with an excellent time of 33.46. The race was won by Foyle Valley AC’s ubiquitous Scott Rankin in a very fast time of 30.47.Fionnuala Diver had another superb performance. She ran 37.15, her 2nd best ever 10K time, to pick up first prize in the women’s race. Martin Devenney had a strong run, to finish in 38.38. There were also good performances from another 2 LAC runners who ran sub 40 minutes. Niall Barry clocked 39.28 and Paul Cosgrove came home in 39.42.Monica McGranaghan’s fine form continued and she defied the adverse conditions by achieving a PB. Her time of 40.48 took 25 seconds off her previous best.All at Letterkenny Athletic Club would like to wish every future happiness to club members Jane McGinley and Ivan Toner, who were married last Thursday. Barry Mackey travelled to the northern Donegal town of Clonmany last Wednesday. Frequent racer Barry clocked 20.13 for the 5K. The race was won by Foyle Valley AC’s Scott Rankin. His time of 15.26 put him over a minute clear of his nearest challenger.There was a double success for Letterkenny AC runners in Thursday evening’s Creeslough 5K, with 2 in-form runners, Liam Doherty and Noeleen Scanlan, continuing their successful summer. Liam was first across the line in 17.36 and Noeleen was the first woman in 19.50. The race was run over a very hilly course.Dedicated Letterkenny parkrun competitor, Peter McLean, ran his 19th parkrun on Saturday and achieved a course PB, of 26.08. Peter’s time gave him 1st place in the M55-59 category.Richard Raymond has had a very successful summer in the M60 category and his time of 45.40 gave him 3rd place in the M60s. The category was highly competitive, with Peter Lilburn (Spartans AC), one of Ireland’s top M60 runners, finishing in 38.58. It was with great sadness that the club learned of the death of Leo Finnegan. Letterkenny AC wishes to offer sincere condolences to his wife, Louise, a long standing club member, and to his children, Ciara and Ruairi, also club athletes. May he rest in peace.Letterkenny Athletic Club: Fionnuala Diver wins first prize in women’s 10K was last modified: August 8th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:10Kfionnuala diverLetterkenny Athletic Clublast_img read more

Rocket, Burke lift the Astros in marathon

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I love this, this is why you get off the couch to play this game,” said Clemens, who came out of retirement two years ago to pitch for his hometown club. “I’ve been fortunate to have played in a lot of big games, but it’s still exciting.” The Braves took a five-run lead into the eighth, and were poised to send this first-round series back to Atlanta for a decisive Game 5 Monday night. Instead, Lance Berkman hit a grand slam in the eighth and Brad Ausmus tied Game 4 with a two-out homer in the ninth barely beyond Gold Glove center fielder Andruw Jones’ outstretched glove. Then, at 6-all, the Braves and Astros began the real endurance test that wound up lasting 5 hours, 50 minutes. The previous longest postseason game also occurred in Houston the New York Mets clinched the 1986 NLCS with a 16-inning win at the Astrodome. “I’m sure proud of the guys,” Clemens said. “It’s been a lot of work for us. How ’bout the kid?” The Rocket’s rescue also gave him a measure of redemption. Making his first relief appearance since 1984, he pitched three dominant innings and atoned for a poor start in Game 2. Now, manager Phil Garner’s team gets a matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals the same club Clemens lost to in Game 7 of last year’s NLCS. HOUSTON — Roger Clemens could see the Houston Astros were running out of pitchers. “As the game went longer and longer, Phil finally came up to me and said get ready and get your spikes on. I may need you,” the 43-year-old ace said. “Sometimes he jokes with me, but I knew he meant it.” Clemens came out of the bullpen to boost his team, then Chris Burke ended the longest postseason game in baseball history with a home run in the 18th inning, lifting the Astros over the Atlanta Braves 7-6 Sunday and into the NL championship series. center_img Standing next to Clemens, the 25-year-old Burke was beaming. “I’m just glad I could do my part,” Burke said. “It was draining, mentally draining.” When Burke hit the homer, Clemens was in the dugout tunnel with Craig Biggio, the 39-year-old second baseman who has spent his entire career in Houston. “We were like two tired old men walking out of the tunnel, and then we were like two kids having a good time,” Clemens said. “We were holding each other up.” The Astros get a few days to rest. The NLCS starts Wednesday night at Busch Stadium. “If he comes in a game like that, you know it has to be important to him,” Jones said. “He was going to try not to make any mistakes, and he didn’t. He pitched great.” Clemens gave up one hit and struck out four, setting up the first NLCS rematch since Pittsburgh and Atlanta played in 1991-92. Last October, Clemens could not hold an early lead in Game 7, denying the Astros their first World Series appearance. The loss marked another early October exit for the Braves, who have won an unprecedented 14 straight division titles but have just one World Series crown to show for it. The Astros eliminated Atlanta last year. “It never feels good, but I’ve had a couple of heartbreakers where I could have won the game, but instead ended the season,” Chipper Jones said. “You learn from that.” The Braves wasted an early grand slam by Adam LaRoche. Berkman’s shot made this the first postseason game ever with two slams. Burke entered the game in the 10th inning as a pinch-runner. He came up with one out in the 18th against rookie Joey Devine, and launched a drive over the left-field wall. Burke was mobbed his teammates at the plate after only the sixth series-ending home run in history, and the first since Aaron Boone sent the Yankees over Boston in the 11th inning of Game 7 in the 2003 ALCS. Batting just before Burke, Clemens took a mighty swing and missed against Devine before striking out. Clemens has never hit a home run in the majors. Clemens first entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 15th, and had a sacrifice bunt after a leadoff walk by Biggio. But after another walk, Morgan Ensberg grounded into an inning-ending double play. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Flood of consumer bankruptcies slows to trickle

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK (AP) – The dropoff in consumer bankruptcy petitions since the nation’s bankruptcy law changed belies the fact that there are still many Americans in serious financial trouble. Bankruptcy filings peaked at a record of more than 315,000 a week before the law took effect Oct. 17 but have since fallen to a weekly rate of about 3,500, according to Lundquist Consulting Inc., a financial information and consulting firm based in Burlingame, Calif. “As far as what’s happening in the (bankruptcy) courts, it’s like the snake that swallowed the rat,” said Texas attorney John Penn, who is president of the American Bankruptcy Institute in Washington, D.C. “It’s going to take a while to digest, but the system will go on.” But Penn and other experts don’t expect filings to remain so low. “We have not changed either the laws of economics or basic human nature,” Penn said. Financially troubled consumers rushed to file before Oct. 17 because the new law is expected to force more debtors into Chapter 13 bankruptcy programs, which require them to pay creditors on a court-approved schedule, rather than into Chapter 7, which discharged most of their unsecured debts. Before the change, nearly three-quarters of the consumer cases were Chapter 7. The rules also require much more paperwork, including tax forms and certified income statements, as well as mandatory credit counseling in advance of filing. Still, because of the fall filing rush, total bankruptcy petitions this year already exceed 2 million, surpassing the previous record of 1.66 million filed in 2003. Last year, just under 1.6 million petitions were filed. Are levels of 1.6 million and higher now history? Experts don’t think that’s necessarily the case. David A. Greer, a bankruptcy attorney in Norfolk, Va., who is vice chairman of the consumer bankruptcy committee of the American Bar Association’s business law section, said many Americans continue to have debt problems that can tip them into bankruptcy. “I think probably it is not going to be as dramatic a falloff as you might think,” Greer said. “People will still file, regardless of the difficult requirements.” Greer said the first clues to future bankruptcy filing levels are likely to come after the holidays. “Christmas spending catches up, and creditors – who generally relax through December and the holiday season – then put the pressure back on,” he said. In addition, families devastated by the hurricanes that hit Florida and the Gulf Coast this year also may have used up emergency resources by spring and be forced into bankruptcy, experts said. Credit counselors weren’t involved in the process until the law change made it mandatory for consumers to consult these nonprofit agencies within 180 days of filing their bankruptcy applications. The law also mandates that many complete a financial education course before their bankruptcies are final. Suzanne Boas, president of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Atlanta, said her group has been seeing a large number of people in its new bankruptcy counseling program. The CCCS of Atlanta is one of dozens of nonprofit agencies approved to counsel bankruptcy petitioners by the Justice Department’s Executive Office for U.S. Trustees. “We’ve seen a 50 percent increase in (phone) calls and a 100 percent increase in Web traffic” since the new bankruptcy law was enacted, Boas said. Many of the new clients have been referred by bankruptcy attorneys, who are on the front line in informing would-be filers of the counseling requirement, she said. “We take them through an orderly review of their situation, help them understand what they’re taking in, what they’re spending,” Boas said. “Then we show them our ideas about how they might be able to save money going forward – how to change that expense picture or, in some cases, how they could increase income.” Although such budget advice could lead some consumers to reconsider bankruptcy, most of the people CCCS of Atlanta has dealt with so far “are too late in the financial distress cycle” to avoid filing for debt relief, she said. Michael Dean, a managing director at Fitch Ratings service in New York, said the spike in bankruptcy filings has raised the number of charge-offs of debt by credit card issuers in recent weeks. Going forward, he said, some debtors may hesitate to file for bankruptcy to avoid the tougher requirements, “but we think that universe is rather small,” Dean said. At the same time, he won’t be surprised if credit card issuers and other lenders have to deal with more borrowers who are struggling and may seek concessions as they work through their debts.last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE BRILLIANT ‘DOING BUSINESS IN DONEGAL’ NETWORKING EVENT

first_imgAround seventy businesses in Donegal have been busy networking at the Doing Business in Donegal event in the Mount Errigal this morning.Crowds have flocked to the event since the doors opened at 12 noon, the networking event lasts until 5pm and admission is FREE!The showcase organised by the Donegal Local Enterprise Office has gifts, candy, crafts and lots more besides and there has been a real buzz at the venue all morning even before the doors opened to the public Michael Tunney, Head of Local Enterprise told Donegal Daily, “The businesses who are exhibiting is representative of many of the small and medium local enterprises that exist in Donegal.“There are 70 stands with food, gifts, sweets, crafts, books etc on sale, but there are also be services too like photography, marketing, graphic design, PR, health and fitness and more.“Other stands will be of interest to those looking for services for house and home and will feature such areas as construction, insulation, showers, gates and stairs.With only weeks to go now until Christmas, today’s showcase could be the place to find that perfect gift. But more than simply a Christmas gift fair it also has an extensive range of commercial services on offer to members of the public or indeed to other businesses who can pop along any time until 5pm.  PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE BRILLIANT ‘DOING BUSINESS IN DONEGAL’ NETWORKING EVENT was last modified: November 28th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesLEOLocal Enterprisenewspicture speciallast_img read more